Five Paragraph Essay

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An essay normally ought to let your readers see the skills and organization you have used for it to be interesting and catch their eye. It does not matter the length of the essay, it may be a long one but does not intrigue your readers. The message and the significance in your essay not forgetting the order and organization you include in the essay is what matters a lot to your audience. All you have to do is simply select an argument and back it up. That’s the secret formula of your successful essay.

It’s pretty obvious that a 5-essay paragraph should contain five elements: introduction, 3 body paragraphs and conclusion element.

Introduction paragraph

This is the first paragraph. It should have 3 or maximum of 5 sentences. This is the determining factor that will make your readers enjoy your essay. Give brief information about the topic you are writing on. It should contain a thesis statement and a mini-outline. A thesis statement should be in the last sentence where you create the focus of the whole essay. Basically, the thesis statement is your tagline for the essay and the draw line of the Introduction.

The body-first paragraph

This is the paragraph that will contain the strongest illustrations and strong arguments. Provide more evidence on the argument you present to your details using a transitional sentence to help the reader understand the whole topic and its arguments. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. Ensure you stick to the thesis statement that helps create focus between the readers. Avoid mixing up of ideas and use a single theme. The last sentence should have an interesting relation that leads to the second paragraph.

Body — Second paragraph

The second paragraph should contain the second strongest argument of your topic. Give your second best illustrations and examples. The same orders with the first paragraph mention the topic in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should also create a certain magnetic feeling to tie into the third paragraph of the body.

Body-third paragraph

The paragraph containing the weakest arguments, weakest illustrations and a follow-up from the second paragraph. You may exhaust all your weakest arguments and illustrations that back them up in this paragraph. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.

Concluding paragraph:

This is the last paragraph in your writing, it should therefore include

  • Summary of three main arguments given in the body element
  • A restatement of the thesis statement
  • A final statement that gives the reader signals that the discussion has come to an end

When asked to write the above essay, use this structure carefully and at the end of the essay you will be able to learn some important skills and order you require to master and that is just what you need to produce a professional essay to your readers.

Here is a simple diagram to ease the writing process:


Earlier on we have seen the components of an introduction paragraph which include an opening sentence which may contain anecdote, quotation or generalization. The explanation is followed with a clear thesis statement


  • A catchy Opening Line
  • Witty Joke
  • Famous Quotation
  • A common Generalization

Explanation of opening steadily leads to Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement

  • Name, Title, Event
  • General argument on your topic and points to use

II. Body Paragraph

A paragraph that has the strongest arguments, illustrations and examples. Here expound and give quality work,

  • Opening Sentence
  • Clarification
  • Evidence A
  • Clarification of evidence A
  • Probable evidence B
  • Explanation of  evidence B
  • Mini-conclusion

III. Body Paragraph 2

The paragraph that has second options, second strongest arguments, illustrations and examples.

  • Opening Sentence
  • Clarification
  • Facts C
  • Explanation of fact C
  • Probable evidence D
  • Explanation of probable evidence D
  • Mini-conclusion  

IV. Body Paragraph 3

Part with the weakest arguments.

  • Transitional/Opening line
  • Explanation
  • Fact E
  • Clarification of evidence F
  • Probable evidence G
  • Explanation of probable evidence G
  • Mini-conclusion

V. Conclusion

  • Write a transitional wrap-up sentence
  • You may also reverse to your arguments
  • Transitional sentence wrapping up paper
  • Return to the original opening line.  
  • You may fix new ideas that are related to the thesis statement